Law enforcement officers and their public safety counterparts have raised considerable funds for Special Olympics Minnesota over the years. More importantly, they continue to raise awareness and acceptance of persons with intellectual disabilities across Minnesota.
Jim Nystrom, LETR Director

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. The Minnesota LETR is supported by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run holds many events for Special Olympics Minnesota throughout the year. During the Final Leg, law enforcement officers and SOMN athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” through their towns to Summer Games. LETR members also volunteer at Area, Regional and State competitions and participate in many fundraisers.

Upcoming Events

Law Enforcement Torch Run International Conference
September 19-21, 2019 | Aurora, CO

A group of Law Enforcement Torch Run staff pose at the Apple Valley Crooked Pint Tip-A-Cop

Apple Valley Tip-A-Cop

August 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Police officers and others standing in front of Dunkin' Donuts store raising money for Special Olympics Minnesota

Dunkin’ Donuts Cop on a Rooftop

August 16, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 11:00 am


Minnesota LETR Hall of Fame Award
This award recognizes outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the statewide success of LETR.
LETR Hall of Fame application (PDF)

Steve Bikkie Jr. Memorial “Unsung Hero” Award
This award recognizes an unsung Torch Run volunteer on behalf of Officer Steve Bikkie Jr. who was himself an unsung Torch Run hero.
LETR Unsung Hero application (PDF)

Guardian of the Flame
This award is presented to an outstanding police department and sheriff’s office involved in LETR.
LETR Guardian of the Flame application (PDF)

View DSA winners 2002 through 2018 (Excel)

LETR Volunteer Opportunities
LETR Resources



General Torch Run Information
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